Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy 50th birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight. Twelve years later, Sean is dead. The Jackson Associates assemble for the funeral, together for the first time since that fateful weekend. Soon the barbed comments and accusations are flying. By the end of the weekend, one will be dead. And one of Sean's daughters will make a shocking discovery.
©2016 Alex Marwood (P)2016 Tantor
Narrator was excellent
The story was fantastic!!! I thought I guessed what happened then it twisted and I saw I was wrong until boom it retwisted and I was mostly right but shocked non the less
I am being cryptic because I do not want to give even a glimpse away.
You will enjoy it trust me
I'm totally disappointed in this book. I eagerly awaited it's release because of how great Alex Marwood's two previous books were.
As always, the writing is wonderful and I think the story had great promise. The characters are well developed and intriguing.
However, the story pretty much fell apart at the end. Yes, there were lots of twists and turns, but I found the ending totally unsatisfying and it ruined the whole experience for me.
The narration is great, but it can't save this book.
A little slow for the first half then it picks up and gets pretty interesting. You have to be fully attentive when listening (don't be browsing Facebook and such) because there are tons of characters and it can get a bit challenging to keep them all straight. But overall, I really liked it and would recommend it.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
Seriously like 7 hours in I could care less what's happening and I'm not even sure who's who yet.
This book was really enjoyable. The characters were great and the plot like was juicy, I was getting so excited to be dazzled and empowered. If I'm being honest, I was offended. I'm so sick of a story that builds a female character up, only to have them fall short at the end, they lose narratively. The book was captivating, the author is a great writer, but it missed an opportunity to tell a more satisfying and thrilling story.
Hmm...I'd say somewhere in the middle.
I honestly liked the story, but I would have enjoyed it more if the flow from past to present had been more obvious.
Great narration, enjoyed her voice and ability to change characters.
I thought the story was good, but in my opinion it does not make for a great "audio" experience. I don't mind a story jumping back and forth in time, but I found on more than one occasion I was wondering whether it was present day or past.
First I wasn't familiar with the narrator Beverley A. Crick, she did an outstanding job with the various characters' voices and I will definitely listen to her again. The book overall kept me interested although I thought some of the characters could have been fleshed out a little more. I went into the listen thinking I knew what to expect, i.e. your typical "missing child" mystery ...boy was I wrong, there was lot more going on here and that made the listen interesting. With lots of twists and turns right up to the end, I gave it 4 stars and will look for more from this author.
This review contains spoilers- I was able to guess who was the perpetrator of the crime rather early on. I also assume the same person killed Linda and Jimmy. I didn't like how the book ended. No one paid for their actions but the children and they were not at fault. This book does not end up in a pretty little bow, it ends leaving you feel like there must be more.
I've become addicted to audible this past year. I am a busy wife, & mother to a son with autism. Audible has given me the time for reading!!
Title says it all. Had potential. Lacked a solid ending. Didn't care much for narrator.
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